The first book that I read from The Chronicles of Narnia is The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. And I get to read The Magician Nephew two years later when I got hold of the whole collection.
I was really fascinated at the storytelling and the way C.S. Lewis made a children’s tale as something deep yet not complex for children.
As an adult reading the books and as a Christian, I get to see hidden Christian symbolisms in the book. It is not quite obtrusive though and children could still enjoy the book without them feeling perplexed with the book’s philosophies.
The Magician’s Nephew is the first of the series but it is really published as the sixth.
It made sense though as the first book, as this works as the prequel to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. And speaking about the Christian symbolism here, the story is like patterned to the Creation and the Garden of Eden in Genesis, in the Bible.
To start, our two young protagonists are Digory and Polly who are neighbors and playmates. Digory’s Uncle Andrew is a man obsessed with magic. He tricked Polly and Digory to travel into another world as he was afraid to do it himself. The children then stumbled into a dead world and accidentally awakened the Evil Queen, Jadis. She is hungry to find another world to rule and managed to make the children take her to our world.
As the story progressed, you get to learn to see how they all end up in Narnia and how the puzzling lamppost in the forest of Narnia came to be. You get a glimpse of Aslan, the high king of Narnia, who Christians will not miss noticing as with in the book The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, symbolize Jesus Christ.
Even though the book is thick with symbolisms, light humor will be enjoyed by children when they encounter the talking animals. The idea of traveling into different worlds appeals to the reader’s imagination and the story sets a tone that indulges your own interpretation of the details. This makes it very friendly to the unshackled imagination of children.
This makes it very friendly to the unshackled imagination of children.
I find the book morally sound and as with the other books in this series, I am really amazed at how deftly C. S. Lewis intertwines the Christian symbolisms in the story without overdoing it and offending non-Christians.
If you are someone who wants to impress in your child the dangers of greed, this book will in a simple subtle way makes them see how their choice to do good will bring about goodness too.